Shaking up LA fire EMS crews, locking yourself in the ambulance, changing rural CPR guidelines, and we’ll have another in our series of interviews with EMS 10 Innovators from this year’s EMS Today conference. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast for EMTs and paramedics.

MedicCast Episode 334

Dave Grovdahl, EMTP

Dave Grovdahl, EMTP

Good day and welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast. I’m your host, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and I’d like to welcome you to this week’s show. We’ve got a great episode coming up for you including a news item with potential changes to CPR dispatch guidelines for rural and non-urban areas. Plus, we bring you an interview with paramedic and EMS leader Dave Grovdahl on his views about EMS excellence in rural communities. All of that is coming up next here on the MedicCast.

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Shaking Up LA EMS and Fire Crews

First up in the news this week is a staffing shakeup in the Los Angeles Fire Department. Yep, LA Fire and EMS is back in the news this week. It seems that they are experiencing a surge in EMS calls and they need more paramedics and ambulances on the street to cover them.

Hiding From Fight in Your Locked Ambulance

Next up is a look at an obvious scene safety situation and how the EMS crew handled the problem. This comes from just down the road from me in Aberdeen, Maryland. EMS crews there responded to a sick person call in their area when they encountered a large group of people in the street outside the patient’s home, engaged in a massive brawl.

Adjusting Rural CPR Recommendations

Last up in the news this week is a press release coming out of the American Heart Association regarding recommendations for compression only CPR. A review of the studies that led to that recommendation by a Swedish researcher shows that those studies largely looked at EMS systems in urban areas and that there is not enough research to support a hands only CPR approach for bystanders in rural or even suburban areas with longer response and transport times.


Tip of the Week: Dave Grovdahl and Rural EMS Excellence

Dave Grovdahl is the executive director of a small EMS service in Leflore County, Oklahoma but he has big ideas about the type of service his system can provide. By being creative with the resources he has, Dave is providing a level of service that many urban areas would be proud of. That’s why he won one of the EMS 10 innovator awards this year at EMS Today, 2013. Check out this interview segment I did with David in our podcast studio at EMS Today and, again, a special thank-you to the gang at EMS Today and Pennwell, as well as Physio-Control for making our coverage of this event possible.

Tip of the Week Links

JEMS eIssue on EMS 10 Awardees

Small but Mighty EMS

LeFlore County, OK EMS System


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